If you did not attend the Golden Globe awards, or watch it on television last night (January 15th), you missed one of the best award shows since the Academy Awards® last year. Beautiful people everywhere, including Lorraine Nicholson, 16, daughter of actor Jack Nicholson with Rebecca Broussard. Miss Nicholson is Miss Golden Globe this year and assisted in the ceremony.
The awards were scattered among various films and television shows. Only one person emerged as a true winner, actress Helen Mirren. She won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - for THE QUEEN, as Elizabeth II. She also won and Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television - for her role as Elizabeth I in the series Elizabeth I. The series also won the "best" Globe for a mini-series.
BABEL won Best Motion Picture - Drama. As I expected, DREAMGIRLS won Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, plus two others. Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson won for Best Supporting Actor/Actress in a Motion Picture. Therefore, with three awards, DREAMBIRLS won the most for the night.
The Globes made history last night in regards to the awards in particular and Hollywood in general. As for the awards, this year marked the first time the Globes had a Best Animated Motion Picture category. CARS, HAPPY FEET and MONSTER HOUSE were nominated. CARS won. HAPPY FEET'S song, "The Song of the Heart" by Prince, won the Best Song.
The Globes made history last night for the Hollywood film industry in general by nominating two movies made in the U.S. in the Best Foreign Language category: Mel Gibson's APOCALYTO and Clint Eastwood's LETTERS FRM IWO JIMA, which won, from the Hollywood Foreign Press at that. A total history-making event. Will the Academy Awards nominate likewise?
Hopefully, the win by Martin Scorsese as Best Director - Motion Picture - for THE DEPARTED will hold true for the Academy Awards. Some have felt that he has been deprived of the golden statuette because he made THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, a movie the Christian Fundamental Evangelicals railed, still rail against, and one that was mainly misunderstood. Listen up, you'll. Forgiveness, already.
You can see the full list of winners and make your own analysis at the Golden Globes Official Web Site. Also, you might like to check my Film Awards Page, updated today. See link on right sidebar.
Now, I have some awards I wish to make:
1. Best Acceptance Speech - Meryl Streep, accepting Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - for THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. The runner up is Warren Beatty, accepting the honorary Cecil B. De Mille Lifetime Achievement Award.
2. Best Presentation - Tom Hanks, presenting the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement to Warren Beatty. However, Hanks went a bit over the top when honoring him for having balls, which Hanks defined as artistic determination and talents.
3. Most Crude and Vulgar Acceptance - Sacha Baron Cohen, accepting the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. If he receives a nomination by AMPAS, I hope he is not allowed to repeat this performance. It was embarrassing and disgusting.
4. Most Disappointing - Apparently, neither Dame Judi Dench or Peter O'Toole attended.
Since the nomination ballots for the Academy Awards were already at PWC by last night, these awards will have no impact upon the Oscar® nominations. However, there is no doubt that many Academy members may take them into account when they vote for the final winners.
Nominations for the 79th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at 5:30 a.m. PST in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network at 5 p.m. PST, beginning with a half-hour arrivals segment.